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President's message


The 73rd (Mar. 31, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018) President

March 2017

President's Message

It is my highest honor to serve as the president of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS), succeeding the former president, Prof. Y. Fujii. I will try my very best to inherit the long tradition of JPS, to keep and develop it, and to pass it to the next generation.

JPS has produced many Nobel laureates from its members in the past, 11 in Physics and 2 in Chemistry, and is showing active performance in the research frontier even now. Recently, in the year of 2016, the element 113, originally discovered by JPS member Prof. Kosuke Morita (Kyushu University and RIKEN) and his research group, was formally named as "nihonium" Nh. The element is the first one on the periodic table named by Asian scientists. This finding had been reported during 2004-2012 in a series of four papers, all published in Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (JPSJ). At the annual JPS meeting in March 2017, JPS gave the Special Commendation of the JPS Outstanding Paper Award for this marvelous achievement, especially for publishing all related papers in JPSJ.

The last year 2016 was the 70th Anniversary of JPS since its establishment in 1946. JPS has a long history since its foundation as Tokyo Mathematics Company in 1877 when physics and mathematics were not yet separately specialized. Its name changed as the Tokyo Mathematico-Physical Society in 1884 and the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan in 1919, and it lasted for 69 years until the end of the World War II. In 1946 after the War, it was dissolved and two independent societies were established. One is our Physical Society of Japan and the other is the Mathematical Society of Japan. Following the 70th Anniversary since its establishment in the present form in 1946, this year of 2017 corresponds to the 140th Anniversary since its foundation in 1877.

JPS now is faced with many issues to be solved and improved, such as the problems of finance, journal publications, interaction and collaboration with private sectors, international collaboration, etc. Yet, our society remains quite active borne by the dedicated members of around 17,000. We wish to tackle these problems sincerely, in collaboration with all JPS members and with many partners worldwide who love physics as fundamental science.

Prof. H. Kawamura's career is as follows:

1977 Bachelor of Science (Physics), Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
1979 Master of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo.
1982 Doctor of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
1982 Research Associate, Faculty of General Education, Osaka University
1989 Associate Professor, Faculty of General Education, Osaka University
1992 Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology
1999 Professor, Faculty of Science, Osaka University (Earth and Space Science)
2013 Senior Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Mathematical and Physical Sciences Group) (~2016.3)
2014 Member, Science Council of Japan (-2020.9)

For JPS, he served as Director (2013.4~2015.3) and Vice President/President Elect (2016.4~2017.3).

Prof. Kawamura's major research field is theoretical condensed matter physics and statistical physics, especially, magnetism including frustrated magnets and spin glasses, phase transition and critical phenomena, and statistical physics study of earthquakes.